Holly Madison Plays It Coy Regarding Benji Madden
Holly Madison continues to play it coy when it comes to her relationship with Good Charlotte's Benji Madden. Despite a stream of Twitter communiques in which she tells him she wishes she was with him, etc., when asked about the music man, whose past romances have included Paris Hilton, she says, "We just talk. He's on tour right now."
And she is very, very busy with her career. "I'm pretty ambitious and I get bored easy," she lets us know.
The one-time Hugh Hefner girlfriend and "Girls Next Door" star is getting ready for the launch of her big new reality show for E!, "Holly's World," which kicks off June 13. That's in addition to performing six nights a week doing her "Peep Show" at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
"I love it. It's really fun. I love all the energy of being onstage. I love the show itself," says the platinum blond bombshell, who goes topless in two numbers of the show that opened last year. "It opened at a time, with this economy, that was the worst possible time for it to succeed and still be open," she notes, "and I'm proud about that."
MAKING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC: Gospel music greats BeBe and CeCe Winans are being greeted by starry-eyed crowds, city to city, wherever they go this summer — as they're out on their first full-fledged tour together in 15 years.
"It's humbling to have the kind of excitement and support we're getting," BeBe tells us. "You know, you hear it all the time: 'You can't stay away that long. People forget.' Of course, we didn't count on 15 years to go by."
They'll be segueing from North America to England next week. Their hit comeback album, "Still," is newly in release there. South Africa is also on the itinerary.
"That's exciting, but at the same time, it causes me to cry," he says with a laugh. "Plane rides are plane rides, and South Africa, even though it is so worth the trip — that's a long plane ride, and it's wear and tear on the body. I'm glad I'm in the frame of mind where I'm watching what I eat and exercising."
In fact, he's become a runner in the last four years, in addition to keeping up a commitment to hit the gym Mondays through Fridays wherever he goes. It's been some 15 years since he shed unhealthy excess weight, and he's kept it off. "And the return is great because I have enough energy to do all the things I'm doing," he adds.
BeBe and CeCe have been through hardships and personal turmoil since their last big tour outing, including his bitter divorce and the loss of their brother Ronald and their father. He says the hard times really have made him stronger as a man and as a man of faith.
"I learned that life is altered, but you can live a happy, altered life. I'm in a place in my life now where I really am happy. It's not manufactured; it's a reality," he says. "Life happens, it really does, but in everything, there is still a choice. I choose to find the good in a bad situation. I choose to get up instead of staying down. I choose to learn and move forward. People sometimes look past the simplicity of the answers that are there. For me, the answers are my family, my faith and my decision. It really boils down to that, but it's true. I have too much to be happy about to be sad."
FREQUENT FLIER: CBS has confirmed its pickup of the "Hawaii Five-0" reboot starring Alex O'Loughlin as Steve McGarrett and Scott Caan as "Danno" Danny Williams — but that doesn't mean O'Loughlin expects to spend all his time on the islands. "I'll come back on weekends," the hunky Australian actor tells us. "I don't think I'll be able to stay all the time." He adds, "I spend more money on traveling than anything else. I feel like I'm always away from my family. I'm either flying around the world to see them or I'm flying the people I love to me. Sometimes I wish I had become a banker or a builder, to keep me in one spot."
NOT-SO-FREQUENT FLIER: Kevin Eubanks may not know exactly what's on his agenda after he concludes his final night as band leader of "The Tonight Show" this Friday (5-28), but he does know he'll get in a little vacation time.
"I used to travel a lot before I came to Hollywood — playing music, obviously," notes the guitarist. But with his nightly TV gig of 18 years, he pretty much stayed put. "I like seeing different parts of the world. I really think it's incumbent on Americans who can travel to do it and see what's going on around the world. I hope that is part of my coming experience, and to share music in different places."
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